Charles D. Baker

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Charles D. Baker
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Candidate for
Governor of Massachusetts
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolNeedham High School (1975)
Bachelor'sHarvard University (1979)
Master'sNorthwestern, Kellogg School of Management (1986)
Personal
BirthdayNovember 13, 1956
Place of birthElmira, New York
ProfessionVenture Capitalist
Websites
Campaign website
Charles D. Baker, Jr. (b. November 13, 1956, in Elmira, New York) is a Republican candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 2014.[1]

Baker previously ran for the governorship in 2010. He won the Republican nomination but was ultimately defeated by current Democratic incumbent Gov. Deval Patrick in the general election on November 2, 2010. Patrick has decided not to run for re-election in 2014. On September 4, 2013, Baker entered the race for the soon-to-be opened seat.[2][3]

Baker is a former health care executive and now works as a venture capitalist. He won the Republican nomination at the convention on March 22, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Biography

Baker was born in Elmira, New York, though he would spend most of his childhood in Needham, Massachusetts. Along with his two younger brothers and his parents, Charles and Betty, he moved to Washington, D.C. in 1969 for his father's career. Baker's father, Charles D. Baker, Sr., served under Presidents Reagan and Nixon. Two years later, the family returned to Needham where Baker attended Needham High School.

Baker would himself hold cabinet positions under two successive Massachusetts governors, William Weld and Paul Celluci. Baker would ultimately parlay his experience on the state Health and Human Services into private sector positions. When he left the public sector in 1998, he first joined Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates as CEO; he latter became part of the non-profit Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare.

After high school he attended Harvard, his father's alma mater, where he studied English. His first jobs were with the Massachusetts High Technology Council and the New England Council. By 1984, Baker had decided to return to school and pursue an MBA. In the late 1980s, Baker took a position with the newly founded Pioneer Institute, a free-market oriented think thank. It was through the Pioneer Institute that he was first mentioned to Governor Weld as a possible undersecretary. In 1991, Baker joined Weld's cabinet.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many

From 2004 to 2009, he also served as a selectman of Swampscott, MA, a position he won in a decisive election and would resign in July of 2009 to begin his first gubernatorial run, which was ultimately unsuccessful.

Baker currently sits on the board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center.[4]

Education

  • Needham High School (1975)
  • B.A. - Harvard University (1979)
  • M.B.A. - Northwestern, Kellogg School of Management (1986)

On The Issues Vote Match

Charles Baker's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Baker is a Centrist. Baker received a score of 52 percent on social issues and 56 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name


On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[5]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Unknown Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Favors
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Opposes Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: June, 2014.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Baker is running for Governor of Massachusetts. He announced his bid on September 4, 2013.[7] Current Democratic incumbent Deval Patrick, who defeated Baker in the 2010 general election for governor, opted not to seek re-election in 2014.

Baker won the Republican nomination at the convention held on March 22, 2014 after fellow Republican gubernatorial hopeful, Mark Fisher failed to acquire 15 percent of the vote. Baker held 83 percent of the vote while Fisher came just shy of the threshold at 14.765 percent. Fisher was about 6 votes away, out of over 2,500 cast, from facing Baker in a primary election. Fisher was ultimately allowed to run in the primary due to a court decision.[8] Baker defeated Fisher in the Republican primary on September 9, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary
Governor of Massachusetts, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharles D. Baker 74.3% 115,690
Mark Fisher 25.7% 40,067
Total Votes 155,757
Election Results Via:NECN. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.


Campaign media


Charlie Baker ad: "Charlie Baker for Governor," Sept. 3, 2013.

Charlie Baker ad: "Caroline," September 10, 2014

Running Mate

Baker announced Karyn Polito, a 2010 candidate for trasurer and former state representative, as his running mate on December 3, 2013.[9]

Campaign themes

At a campaign stop in Brockton on Oct. 8, 2013, Baker touted an idea he is honing for a program that would resemble the “Race to the Top" initiative pioneered by the Obama Administration. Baker was reportedly inspired by meetings with numerous local city government officials to draft a "mutual consent contract" plan that would improve strategic coordination between cities and the state to help cities set, and achieve, realistic and financially viable goals.[10]

Debates

August 21 Republican debate

Charlie Baker and Mark Fisher faced off over jobs, schools and gun control in a debate hosted by Middlesex Community College. Both candidates argued that government spending and regulations must be reduced to create a better environment for job creation. Baker suggested that a Republican should be elected governor in order to create "constructive friction" with the Democratic-controlled legislature that would yield new ideas. Fisher highlighted the need to end state spending on food stamps and other programs used by illegal immigrants.[11]

The debate turned toward a discussion of higher education costs in Massachusetts. Baker promoted solutions including three-year undergraduate programs, online education options and co-op programs at state universities. Fisher, the owner of a manufacturing firm, touted vocational education as a solution not only to college debt, but job preparation for graduates.[11]

Baker and Fisher shared conflicting views regarding the state's approach to gun violence. Baker suggested that smart-gun technology, which would require fingerprint identification before a gun can be discharged, should be available for gun owners. He also cited illegal weapons trafficking as a major issue facing the state. Fisher disagreed with Baker's assessment, suggesting that current laws are restrictive and only impact lawful gun owners.[11]

Polls

General election
All candidates

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Four-way race
Poll Martha Coakley Charlie BakerEvan FalchukJeff McCormickDon't know/ RefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Western New England University Polling Institute
March 31-April 7, 2014
54%25%3%3%15%+/-5424
The Boston Globe
July 13-15, 2014
38%33%1%8%19%+/-5625
AVERAGES 46% 29% 2% 5.5% 17% +/-5 524.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Major-party candidates

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 - Coakley v. Baker
Poll Martha Coakley Charlie BakerIndependent/otherDon't know/RefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
WBUR
September 11-14, 2014
44%35%15%6%+/-4.4504
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Primary and hypothetical polls

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Four-way race with Grossman
Poll Steve Grossman Charlie BakerEvan FalchukJeff McCormickDon't knowRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Western New England University Polling Institute
March 31-April 7, 2014
38%29%4%9%19%1%+/-5424
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Democratic Primary
Poll Martha Coakley Steve GrossmanDon BerwickJoe AvelloneDan WolfJuliette KayyemUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling
(September 20-23, 2013)
57%10%6%4%3%2%17%+/-5.4324
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Democratic Primary
Poll Martha Coakley Steve GrossmanDon BerwickDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Boston Globe
(July 13-15, 2014)
46%18%5%30%+/-5347
Suffolk University/Boston Herald
(August 2014)
42.3%30%15.7%12%+/-0400
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
(August 25-31, 2014)
52%20%9%19%+/-4.55685
AVERAGES 46.77% 22.67% 9.9% 20.33% +/-3.18 477.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.
Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-up: Charlie Baker vs. Democratic Candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Martha CoakleySteve GrossmanDonald BerwickJuliette KayyemNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
34%45%0%0%0%21%+/-5.9500
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
29%0%35%0%0%36%+/-5.9500
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
32%0%0%29%0%37%+/-5.9500
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
32%0%0%0%32%36%+/-5.9500
AVERAGES 31.75% 11.25% 8.75% 7.25% 8% 32.5% +/-5.9 500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Charlie Baker vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Martha CoakleySteve GrossmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
36%46%0%18%+/-4.4500
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
35%0%34%31%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 35.5% 23% 17% 24.5% +/-4.4 500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Mark Fisher vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Mark Fisher Martha CoakleySteve GrossmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
30%50%0%20%+/-4.4500
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
26%0%35%38%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 28% 25% 17.5% 29% +/-4.4 500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Charlie Baker and Independents vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Jeff McCormickEvan FalchukMartha CoakleySteve GrossmanDon BerwickJuliette KayyemJoe AvelloneAnother candidateUndecided/Refused/Won't voteMargin of ErrorSample Size
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
29%3%1%39%0%0%0%0%2%26%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
33%5%1%0%23%0%0%0%2%36%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
36%8%2%0%0%13%0%0%2%40%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
37%7%2%0%0%0%15%0%1%38%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
36%8%2%0%0%0%0%13%2%39%+/-4.4504
AVERAGES 34.2% 6.2% 1.6% 7.8% 4.6% 2.6% 3% 2.6% 1.8% 35.8% +/-4.4 504
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Charlie Baker vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Baker (R)* Martha CoakleyMike CapuanoDon BerwickSteve GrossmanJoe AvelloneNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
38%51%0%0%0%0%11%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
37%0%0%42%0%0%21%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
38%0%0%31%0%0%31%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
37%0%0%0%38%0%25%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
40%0%0%0%0%30%30%+/-4.0616
Western New England University
(October 1-7, 2013)
34%54%0%0%0%0%10%+/-5.0431
Western New England University
(October 1-7, 2013)
30%0%0%0%43%0%25%+/-5.0431
AVERAGES 36.29% 15% 0% 10.43% 11.57% 4.29% 21.86% +/-4.29 563.14
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups with Various Republican Candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Evan FalchukJeff McCormickMartha CoakleySteve GrossmanJuliette KayyemDon BerwickJoe AvelloneUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
32%2%7%37%0%0%0%0%22%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
32%2%8%0%26%0%0%0%31%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
36%2%7%0%0%20%0%0%36%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
37%2%9%0%0%0%18%0%35%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
36%2%9%0%0%0%0%17%36%+/-4.0602
AVERAGES 34.6% 2% 8% 7.4% 5.2% 4% 3.6% 3.4% 32% +/-4 602
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round


2010

See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Baker lost to Deval Patrick (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts Gubernatorial/Lieutenant Gubernatorial, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeval Patrick/Tim Murray Incumbent 48.5% 1,112,283
     Republican Charles D. Baker/Richard R. Tisei 42.1% 964,866
     Independent Tim Cahill/Paul Loscocco 8% 184,395
     Green Jill E. Stein/Richard P. Purcell 1.4% 32,895
Total Votes 2,294,439
Election Results Via: Massachusetts Secretary of State

Personal

Baker resides in Swampscott, Massachusetts with his wife, Lauren, and their three children.

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See also

External links

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from November 4, 2010.


References

  1. The Washington Post, "Republican Charlie Baker announces run for governor," September 4, 2013
  2. Boston.com, "Republican Charles Baker to announce Mass. gubernatorial bid Wednesday," September 3, 2013
  3. Boston Globe, "Murray adds to the buzz over 2014 governor’s race," November 15, 2012
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named officebio
  5. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  6. On The Issues, "Charles Baker Vote Match," accessed June 17, 2014
  7. The Phoenix, "The Gathering Storm," November 7, 2012
  8. Boston Globe, Baker holds off rival in GOP race for governor, March 22, 2014
  9. Boston.com, Charlie Baker names Karyn Polito as his running mate - See more at: http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2013/12/03/baker-name-polito-his-running-mate/upzxxdxynXJx6scb1Zt6YP/story.html#sthash.rua3LHht.dpuf, December 3, 2013
  10. The Enterprise, "Charlie Baker brings his campaign for governor to Brockton," October 10, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Sentinel & Enterprise, "GOVERNOR DEBATE: Baker, Fisher spar on jobs, gun control, higher ed," August 22, 2014